Vehicles, Weapons, and Equipment

M14 Rifle

Written By: Patrick Feng Throughout World War II, the M1 Garand rifle, which was manufactured in large quantities, served the U.S. Army extremely well.  Despite the Garand’s undeniable reliability and effectiveness in combat, the experience of the German Gewehr 43 and the Soviet Tokarev SVT-40 semi-automatic rifles showed that the eight-round, clip-loaded magazine of the …

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U.S. and German Field Artillery in World War II: A Comparison

Written By: William G. Dennis At first glance, there seems to be little difference between the artillery branches of the U.S. Army and German Wehrmacht in World War II.  The American guns were a bit heavier than their German counterparts and generally had a longer range.  The German 105mm was sufficiently similar to the American …

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The M28/M29 Davy Crockett Nuclear Weapon System

Written By: Matthew Seelinger During the Cold War, as the U.S. Navy and Air Force maintained America’s strategic nuclear arsenal of long-range bombers and submarine and land-based ballistic missiles, the Army focused on the development and deployment of tactical nuclear weapons for possible use on the battlefield.  Beginning in the early 1950s, the Army introduced …

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“Knife, Fighting, Commando Type, V-42.” The Original Special Forces Knife

By Danny M. Johnson U.S. Army Special Forces units today trace their lineage and honors directly to the First Special Service Force (FSSF), the joint Canadian-American organization formed in July 1942 at Fort William Henry Harrison, Montana.  This regiment was an all-volunteer outfit with exceptionally high standards and extensive and rigorous military and physical training.  …

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